Riding the Trains in Japan

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Riding the Trains in Japan

Riding the Trains in Japan By Patrick Holland Riding the Trains in Japan Arriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains The train jo

  • Title: Riding the Trains in Japan
  • Author: Patrick Holland
  • ISBN: 9781921924125
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • Riding the Trains in Japan By Patrick Holland Arriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains The train journey becomes a thread in book that journeys on rivers in Saigon, mountains in the Chinese Himalaya, lost cities of the Silk Road, mist swathed cemeteries in Japan and the fArriving late in Kyoto Patrick Holland cannot find a room for the night Homeless and disorientated and in a place where loitering is not encouraged his only solution is to ride the trains The train journey becomes a thread in book that journeys on rivers in Saigon, mountains in the Chinese Himalaya, lost cities of the Silk Road, mist swathed cemeteries in Japan and the flat plains of Australia, and subtly questions the nature of travel and identity through reflections on place, mortality and the changing Asian landscape.
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    1. Jay McNair on said:

      This was a wonderful companion to my days couriering I d pick up a package and then hustle so I could get on the train and keep reading I just like his stories The author must be a youngish backpacker, but his voice is mature And he practices the simple style I like so much I walked outside into the fresh cold Snow fell on the steps The stone lanterns were lit I thought I should begin walking before it became too dark to see Sometimes he channels Hemingway Novice monks and nuns skipped and joked [...]

    2. Maggie Chen on said:

      Updated Having reflected, there s just too much that s good about this book to justify my previous 3 star review.There are few writers who can make a place, a scene, a landscape come to life like Holland And he can tell a mighty good story to boot The Kingdom of Women where he travels in southwestern China along with a National Geographic Producer, occasionally alongside Michael Palin, and, very reluctantly, with an aging German sex tourist in search of a Sino Tibetan nation whose women never ma [...]

    3. Katrina on said:

      I can t say I enjoyed reading this book as you can tell by the single star I gave it.Firstly the title suggests travel stories of Japan But it was 95% about China The first story was he didn t have a hotel in Japan and so he caught the trains then it was china, china, china then the last story again was a super brief one set in Japan, but not even really about being in Japan There was a lot of Chinese history in here rather then travelling around.Secondly, why do people that write these books fe [...]

    4. Lisa on said:

      Riding The Trains in Japan is a great book to be dipping into as I work my way through the longlist for the 2011 Shadow Man Asian Literary Award because it is an enriching work, not just adding to my understanding about Asia in a variety of contexts but also encouraging reflection about travel, identity, memory and the absurdities of modern life The piece that gives the book its title is about the time Holland arrived in Kyoto in the middle of the national holiday called O Bon, the Japanese All [...]

    5. Michael on said:

      Patrick Holland went to Japan during a festival time and could not find accommodation In frustration he decided that the simplest solution would be to purchase a train ticket and remain on the train until the following morning, so solving his accommodation dilemma Had he written about how he interacted with this alternative accommodation,coping with washing and showering and his laundry to name a few examples of what such transit travel would challenge the author, it may have been interesting [...]

    6. Victoria on said:

      Beautiful chapter on cemeteries comparing australian and a renowned Kyoto cemetery, philosophy and treatment of the dead.

    7. Sarah on said:

      Not sure if it s the book or me some of the chapters were really interesting the chapter about the Japanese cemetery was beautiful for example The title is false advertising though as only 2 chapters are about Japan, the rest is about China and Vietnam at least in the 73% before I decided to quit The travelogue chapters were interesting, the chapter philosophising about Paradise was terrible, generally his philosophising was terrible I also found little value in his chapter about the Odyssey and [...]

    8. Patrick Colgan on said:

      Il titolo, anche nell originale Riding the Trains in Japan, un po fuorviante Perch i racconti del libro sono ambientati non solo in Giappone, ma anche in Vietnam e Cina Holland, che in questi Paesi ha vissuto, ha uno stile originale e meditativo, erudito, attento ai dettagli, ai momenti, alle storie delle persone E uno scrittore di viaggio di spessore, insomma I treni, e Kyoto, sono per solo nel primo racconto, ben scritto, con numerose citazioni letterarie Basho, Kawabata, Murasaki e con passi [...]

    9. Knut H on said:

      A truly superb ground level study of the Far East, the geopolitics, the arts, the religion and philosophy and, especially, aesthetics, and at the same time a travel narrative that delights in the details as much as the big picture One misguided review said something about the author secretly espousing a condescending Western Enlightenment view point It would be difficult to be perfectly wrong Holland doesn t seem to have a lot of time for Western philosophy, but if there s one strand of it he h [...]

    10. David Winger on said:

      What a strange sleeper this book is I ve left my old review here for evidence of what I previously thought But tonight over a few beers I read the last three essays again Wow I misjudged it A solid four stars for the best of it.I had half finished this book a while back Reading Holland s brilliant new novel The Darkest Little Room got me re interested I returned to the book with as Seinfeld has it unbridled enthusiasm , but, and it may be due to coming straight down from the heights of the afore [...]

    11. Patrick Colgan on said:

      The title is misleading to say the least, as this book is about China and Vietnam as well as Japan And you also notice that Japan is not the primary focus of Holland from a couple of minor mistakes here and there And I am still not sure it s possible to go back and forth on bullet trains between Kyoto and Tokyo all night long too it seems an expedient, a macguffin So why am I including this book in the post Because I love the way Holland writes, the way he interweaves his travelogue with litera [...]

    12. David Haberlah on said:

      I am not much of a travel literature fan but this author from Brisbane skillfully mixes descriptions of ghost cities in China, spiritual Japanese cemeteries and gardens, non places such as transit lounges, with deep reflections on space, time, and aesthetics Thank you Josie for this excellent suggestion

    13. Cori Stewart on said:

      I ve enjoyed Holland s fiction There are some very insightful moments that made it worthwhile.

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